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Mount Rushmore

13000 SD Highway 244, Bldg 31, Ste 1, Keystone, South Dakota 57751 USA

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“American History, Alive in Stone...”

The Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore near Keystone, South Dakota, in the United States. Sculpted by Danish-American Gutzon Borglum and his son, Lincoln Borglum, Mount Rushmore features 60-foot sculptures of the heads of four United States presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. The entire memorial covers 1,278.45 acres and is 5,725 feet above sea level. South Dakota historian Doane Robinson is credited with conceiving the idea of carving the likenesses of famous people into the Black Hills region of South Dakota in order to promote tourism in the region. 

Robinson's initial idea was to sculpt the Needles; however, Gutzon Borglum rejected the Needles site because of the poor quality of the granite and strong opposition from environmentalists and Native American groups. They settled on the Mount Rushmore location, which also has the advantage of facing southeast for maximum sun exposure. Robinson wanted it to feature western heroes like Lewis and Clark, Red Cloud and Buffalo Bill Cody but Borglum decided the sculpture should have a more national focus, and chose the four presidents whose likenesses would be carved into the mountain.

After securing federal funding, construction on the memorial began in 1927, and the presidents' faces were completed between 1934 and 1939. Upon Gutzon Borglum's death in March 1941, his son Lincoln Borglum took over construction. Although the initial concept called for each president to be depicted from head to waist, lack of funding forced construction to end in late October 1941. The U.S. National Park Service took control of the memorial in 1933, while it was still under construction, and has managed the memorial to the present day. It attracts nearly three million people annually.

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Reviewed by
dwadejr486

  • 6 Reviews
  • 40 Helpful
May 23, 2014

Go late! They stop collecting parking tolls at a certain time. Stay for the lighting ceremony 30 min. after sunset.

25 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Ashdyan7

  • 17 Reviews
  • 23 Helpful
July 14, 2014

Seriously, everyone needs to see Mount Rushmore just for the sheer reason that it even exists. I mean I don't know about you, but if one of my friends said they're thinking of blowin up a mountain in hopes that the faces of George, Abe, Roosevelt, and Jefferson would somehow appear on it, I would have to really sit down and determine whether or not to have them hauled off to the loony bin. Luckily, the artists responsible for Mount Rushmore, Gutzon and Lincoln Borglum didn't let anything stop them because this is truly a remarkable work of art and a must see if you're passing through the area.

12 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
aaccc

  • 1 Review
  • 9 Helpful
October 2, 2013

You're planning a roadtrip, right? It's Mt. Rushmore! Go see it if you haven't yet. Pay to park. There is also a fantastic little tourist town below, which I enjoyed as much as the memorial itself - great place to grab dinner, a beer, and as many Mt. Rushmore novelties as one would ever want. The scenery is gorgeous and the air is fresh. There was a laser light show after dark. My parents loved the photos and I'll probably see them again in the Christmas card.

9 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Adam Shickley

  • 67 Reviews
  • 33 Helpful
November 18, 2014

$11 for parking is the total fee for your entire family to get in for the year! The evening show is the most amazing presentation. If you do not feel patriotic and inspired after that I do not know what will make you feel that way. They brought all the veterans down at the end, and it was amazing!

7 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
pjudson

  • 8 Reviews
  • 14 Helpful
July 3, 2014

A must see! Very patriotic place. Go late afternoon, eat a buffalo burger in the cafe, stay for the illumination ceremony--bring a jacket and blanket as it gets cool. This is an amazing place!

6 people found this review helpful

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Tatiana Danger

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  • 1,160 Reviews
  • 608 Helpful
July 5, 2014

A great place to get your picture is from walking up to Grand View Terrace. Also, be aware that peak visiting time is June, July, and August, and traffic sometimes gets backed up, so be sure to get there early or late in the afternoon.

5 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
michellemx

  • 18 Reviews
  • 9 Helpful
August 1, 2015

Everyone should see this place. The lighting ceremony is done when the sun goes down. They show a 20 min history video and sing the national anthem and put the spotlight on the mountain. Afterwards they ask veterans to go down to lower the flag. Very patriotic. Cost to get in is free. Parking is $11 and they give you a pass for the entire year. Great stop.

3 people found this review helpful

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Gg

  • 11 Reviews
  • 11 Helpful
July 19, 2015

If you are on a road trip in the west, you need to see Mount Rushmore. The history is great and it's just one of those places that you can sit in sheer awe and amazement. It took an artist with a vision, 400 hundred men, leadership, and communication to make this monument become a reality! We heard that the night time presentation and lighting ceremony os beautiful. The timing just didn't work out for us. The walking path around the monument is lovely and it also gives you different vantage points for viewing the monument. The needle spired stones on the drive up to and away from the monument are AMAZING!! The drive is as great as the monument!!

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
HeatherBragg

  • 5 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
July 17, 2015

Great park. If you're up for a small walk, the President Walk is only .6 miles, but there are stairs. The ice cream scoops are enormous and you can order Jefferson's vanilla recipe. You can't miss patriotic ice cream.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
DeAnna

  • 11 Reviews
  • 8 Helpful
June 26, 2015

Americana History! A must see for sure. Pay to park once and good for the rest of the year. Not necessary to stay till the lighting at 9pm if you have little ones. They show the movie about the making of the mountain (which is GREAT but I think it's the same movie you can view in the museum area). the lighting is not Disney...just a big white light shining on the mountain that is turned on and then the place closes down.

3 people found this review helpful

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Mount Rushmore

13000 SD Highway 244, Bldg 31, Ste 1
Keystone, South Dakota
57751 USA

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